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Report: Land collapse leads to evacuation of 457 in China

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • State-run media: An investigation indicates excessive salt mining is to blame
  • Xinhua: Villagers report seeing water sprouting from the ground

(CNN) -- More than 450 people were evacuated by Saturday morning after a land collapse in eastern China, local authorities said, according to state media.

The collapse -- which is about 50 meters (55 yards) in diameter and up to 5 meters (16 feet) deep -- occurred Thursday evening in Jiangxi province's Huichang County, the Xinhua news agency reported.

An initial investigation indicates excessive salt mining caused the cave-in, Xinhua said.

No casualties have been reported, according to Xinhua.

Villagers reported seeing water sprouting up to 2 meters (7 feet) from the ground and cracks in the earth about 500 meters (547 yards) long since Thursday, Xinhua said.